Dog poo costs Portslade owner almost £500

Posted On 09 May 2017 at 2:56 pm

A dog which fouled a Brighton pavement has cost its owner nearly £500 after a prosecution by Brighton and Hove City Council.

A environmental enforcement officer saw the Staffordshire terrier-type dog belonging to Ricky Brooks of Overdown Rise, Portslade, foul the pavement in Lewes Road last November.

Mr Brooks, 32, was handed a £75 fixed penalty notice, which he failed to pay. He also ignored a reminder notice. As a result Brighton and Hove Magistrates Court increased the fine to £146 and ordered Mr Brooks to pay £300 in costs plus a £30 victim surcharge, when he failed to appear in court on May 3.

According to the enforcement officer’s witness statement, Mr Brooks made no attempt to clear up the mess. He admitted the offence when approached.

Allowing a dog to foul a pavement and not clearing it up is a crime under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Chair of the council’s environment committee Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “This is part of our policy to increase enforcement for environmental crimes such as dog fouling, flytipping and littering.

“We will always prosecute where we have evidence and we will always take people to court if they refuse to pay fixed penalty notices.

“A relatively small minority of people do a relatively large amount of damage to the environment in our neighbourhoods and we intend to pursue them.”

  1. Fishwife, 49 Reply

    Dirty boy!

  2. S.Hunt Reply

    Ridiculous. Should be the dog that’s prosecuted, not the poor owner!

    • Somefront Reply

      Deserves everything he gets and more, infact he should be made to pick up dog poo from his local park with his bare hands, people who own dogs need to take responsibilty for them or don’t have them, or should people that have kids but no dogs let them shit in the street too??

    • Debbie Reply

      Don’t be ridiculous

  3. Kevin Reply

    He deserves all he got and more anyone who has stepped in dog shit knows I am right not the dogs fault I know but it’s the owners responsibility to clear it up and remove it

  4. Mark Reply

    What about all the other dogs owners that get away with it.

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